BWC Logo

Weekly Update - January 30, 2013

Leadership Day Follow Up!
We had a great turnout for Leadership Day on Saturday. Thank you to all of the instructors, participants, volunteers and for Liberty Grove United Methodist Church for hosting. We know that some folks have had some issues accessing the thumb drives. We have put all of the presentations and handouts on our regional page. Go to the Washington Region Page and scroll down to Leadership Day 2013.


Discipleship Academy Registration Opening Soon!
Spring Discipleship Academy Registration will open soon. We will be holding the Central Maryland District Discipleship Academy on Saturday, March 9, 2013 and Sunday, March 10, 2013 at Goshen UMC in Gaithersburg. The Greater Washington District Discipleship Academy will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2013 and Sunday, April 14, 2013 at Bethesda UMC in Bethesda. Mark your calendars!

More information to come!


Farewell Reception for Vivian McCarthy
A farewell reception for Vivian McCarthy will be held on Sunday, May 19, 2013 from 3-5 p.m. at Ashton UMC, 17314 New Hampshire Avenue, Ashton, MD. This will be a dessert potluck, so please bring a dessert to share. Drinks will be provided. RSVP if you plan on attending. A flyer will be sent out to the churches shortly.


Farewell Reception for Cynthia Moore
A farewell reception for Cynthia Moore will be held on Friday, May 17, 2013 from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. The location will be announced shortly. Light appetizers and drinks will be provided. RSVP if you plan on attending. Attire is dressy casual. A flyer will be sent out to churches shortly.


COSROW: Spring Seminar in Honor of Women's History Month
COSROW is sponsoring a seminar with guest speaker Amy G. Oden on March 16, 2013 from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Conference Mission Center. The theme of the seminar is Secrets of Survival at Home, Work and Church.

Amy Oden is Professor of History of Christianity at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. She is the author of In Her Words: Women's Writings in the History of Christian Thought and And You Welcomed Me: Sourcebook on Hospitality in Early Christianity, both published by Abingdon Press. For further information please contact the president, Jane Grays.

Registration is available through March 1, 2013.


UMM Weekend Retreat
On February 8-11, 2013, the Annapolis District UMM is sponsoring a weekend retreat open to all men of the Baltimore-Washington Conference at West River Retreat Center. Gil Hanke, the General Secretary of the General Commission of United Methodist Men will be participating in the event.

Additionally, the weekend will feature the Singing & Praying Band with Rev. Jerry Colbert, Ron Metzler & his Motorcycle Ministry, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and much more. Don't let this opportunity pass you by! Join us for great food, music, fellowship, thought provoking small group discussions to inspire men to action for the low fee of $125.00. Pro-rated fees are available for those who can only attend a portion. For more information, call 443-302-9866 or send an email


More information is available online or send your $125.00 check made out to the Annapolis District UMM to: Dick Zeman, ADUMM Treasurer, 400 Central Avenue Glen Burnie, MD 21061. You must act now as space is limited. 


District Preconference Briefings
A District Preconference Briefing will be held in each district, one meeting for clergy and one meeting for laity. The schedule for these meetings is as follows:

Greater Washington District Laity Preconference Briefing – Saturday, March 2, 2013 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at Glenmont UMC, 12901 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD.

Greater Washington District Clergy Preconference Briefing – Tuesday, March 19, 2013 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at University UMC, 3621 Campus Drive, College Park, MD.


Central Maryland District Clergy Preconference Briefing – Thursday, March 14, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Conference Mission Center, 11711 East Market Place, Fulton, MD.

Central Maryland District Laity Preconference Briefing – Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Conference Mission Center, 11711 East Market Place, Fulton, MD.

Registration is not required to attend these meetings.


TRANSITIONS- a new group forming to support people experiencing separation and divorce. 
Open to men and women at all stages of living single again who want to share and grow together in Christian community. Facilitated by Mary Ka Kanahan and Mike Thompson using The Divorce Recovery Handbook and Rebuilding book.  The group meets the 2ndand 4thSundays of each month beginning on February 10, 2013 at 3 p.m. at Glen Mar Church.  Contact  Mary Ka or Mike for more information. This group is open to anyone.


Church Looking for VIM Projects
Good Shepherd UMC in Silver Spring is looking for VIM project(s) in the area, perhaps Hurricane Sandy relief on the Atlantic coast, or other endeavors. Churches in the area may already have plans to put teams to work, or they know of requests for help, and Good Shepherd UMC would be interested in partnering with them.

Please contact the pastor, Joye Jones, at 301-434-3331 or Leilani and Pat McConnell at 301-445-1241.